Thursday, July 25, 2013

Another Wonderful Homecoming

The "Welcome Home Davis" party was set up for 10am at Grandmommy and Granddaddy's house. There were 35 of us to celebrate: family, folks from FUMC Seffner and First Presbyterian Brandon (where Grandmommy works) and other friends. Family included Uncle Daniel's crew, Grandmommy and Granddaddy, Grandma, Grannie, Uncle Nam and Uncle Kelly, Uncle David and Aunt Barbara, Aunt Diane from Sarasota with her son Robert and his fiance' Alicia and their daughter Charlee, and also Aunt Jani. Folks from church included Joan Sampere, Jerri McClamma and her daughter Lynn, Sandy Naugle, Kathy Kranendonk, and Tim and Kelly Black and their boys. Tim is the assistant pastor at the church where Grandmommy works and he and his wife are adopting a little girl from China; they hope to travel before the end of the year. Other friends we were glad to welcome were Aunt Jani's best friend Terrye Shirley and her daughter Grace (who was adopted from China a few years ago) and Chris (a friend of Nam and Kelly's that they invited because he speaks Mandarin). 

There was lots of great food and great visiting. Davis did really well with the people and with the food as long as he could reach the chocolate donut holes! 

We laid out a lot of our souvenirs from the trip 
all over the pool table for folks to look through. 

Davis got some play time with Grannie and 
we got our first four generation picture with Davis included. 

We got some snuggle time with the youngest member of the family. 
Baby Charlee Emma was born in May. What a precious angel! 

Here's her Mommy and Daddy hanging out with Davis. 


There was lots of playtime on the floor with cars......

Snuggle time and playtime with relatives....

And even some wonderful "Welcome Home/birthday" gifts for Davis. 
Here he is meeting Cookie Monster....and playing with his new Truck book. 

He also got some clothes, cars, DVDs, other books and we got an Asian cookbook! It was a wonderful day of love and laughter and fun! We are very thankful to Aunt Dawn and Uncle Daniel for putting it all together and to everyone who came out to celebrate with us and meet Davis. 

After folks started leaving the cousins migrated to the chairs to watch TV and play games together. Cousin Micah got some snuggle time with Davis as well. 

Eventually we packed up the van one more time and headed north to Ocala. After two 5 star hotels and a night at Grandmommy and Granddaddy's house it was finally time to introduce Davis to his new home. 

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